“We’re very excited to bring this diverse and eclectic slate of programs to Nashville’s airwaves,” WXNA programming director Randy Fox says. “This is the next step in our mission to provide listeners with programming as exciting, varied and unique as Nashville’s music, art and cultural scenes.”
The schedule features a full slate of programming from 7 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week. Longtime fans of independent Nashville radio will recognize shows such as Pete Wilson’s R&B revue “Nashville Jumps,” Janet Timmons’ new music guide “Out the Other,” Doyle Davis’ mighty "D-Funk,” Randy Fox and Kels Koch’s rollicking “Hipbilly Jamboree,” Roger Blanton’s in-studio jam “Delicious Elixir” and Laura Powers’ morning punk rev-em-up “Needles + Pins.”
Quite a few prominent Nashville musicians are making the jump from playing instruments to playing records, with shows such as David Olney’s “Free Fall,” Tommy Womack’s “Happiness Hour,” Kristi Rose and Fats Kaplin’s “This Is Pulp Radio!,” Paul Burch’s “River City Red Hot & Blue,” and Richie Owens and Howard Yearwood’s bluegrass fest “Wagon Wheel.”
WXNA’s debut schedule also contains a variety of talk radio programs, including the community-focused “Nashville Haps” with Ashley Crownover, the comedy scene overview “Nashville Stand-Up Sits Down” with Chad Riden, and the foodies' delight “Yum Yum Eat Um Up!” with Dawn and Gene Kote.
In addition to several freeform, genre-jumping musical programs, the schedule also features many specialty shows spotlighting rock’n’roll throughout its long history, as well as jazz, soul, blues, classical, movie soundtrack music and a wide selection of other genres. “Over the next few weeks we will be meeting with DJs, training them on operations and making preparations to announce our on-air debut date,” Fox says. “As a listener-supported, non-profit freeform radio FM station, we will need the support of our listeners to stay on the air. To earn that support, it’s vitally important that we provide Nashville with programming and personalities you can’t hear anywhere else.”
“Each week, WXNA will deliver 82 original shows and over 120 hours of locally crafted, independent programming,” WXNA president Heather Lose says. “To be creating this station in the town we love, for the people of Music City, is a thrill beyond measure, and we can't wait to go live.”
The airwaves of Nashville take a step closer to reflecting the exciting musical and cultural diversity of Music City U.S.A. with the announcement of WXNA-FM “Low Power, High Voltage” Radio – a new, listener-supported, independent radio station. WXNA will broadcast at 101.5 MHz FM with an effective power of 100 watts.
On December 4, 2014, the FCC granted a construction permit to WXNA with a completion date of no later than June 4, 2016. Current plans are to place the station’s transmitter in the Germantown neighborhood, just north of downtown Nashville. From that location, WXNA’s signal should reach most of the central core of Nashville, East Nashville, North Nashville, West End-Belmont, and south to the Berry Hill area. WXNA will also broadcast via streaming formats at wxnafm.org.
The station will feature a freeform radio format similar to the former WRVU-FM Nashville during its classic years, but also inspired by such freeform radio stations as WFMU-FM Jersey City, NJ, and KALX-FM Berkley, CA. Freeform radio allows disc jockeys total freedom in the music they play (within FCC regulations), regardless of music genre or commercial interests.
WXNA aims to produce unusual and eclectic cultural programming that reflects Nashville’s rich history and cultural diversity. As an outlet for a wide variety of community voices and viewpoints, the station will partner with local nonprofit organizations – including homeless advocacy group Open Table Nashville – and other regional interests to provide specialized community-interest programming. We also hope to collaborate with local schools and universities, and will welcome applications from student DJs.
WXNA is wholly owned and operated by WRVU Friends and Family, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2010 by former WRVU-FM DJs to oppose the sale of WRVU-FM’s broadcast license. When the sale was completed, WRVU Friends and Family’s mission altered to establishing a new broadcast station that would honor the spirit of WRVU-FM. WXNA and WRVU Friends and Family have no connection to Vanderbilt University, Vanderbilt Student Media or the current online version of WRVU. Former WRVU DJs working to bring WXNA to life include Roger Blanton (Delicious Elixir), Ashley Crownover (Set Records to Stun), Randy Fox (Hipbilly Jamboree), Jonathan Grigsby (Set Records to Stun), Heather Lose (Honky Tonk Jukebox), Laura Powers (Needles + Pins), and Pete Wilson (Nashville Jumps).